The week of June 28, 2015

Virtual Worlds
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Returning to ‘Avalon,’ the text-based dungeon game some never left

By Chris Stokel-Walker

In 1989, ‘Avalon’ creeped into gamers’ lives. A quarter century later, some still log on.

Features

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The virtual reality gaming revolution that wasn’t

By Aaron Sankin

Twenty years ago, a company named Virtuality rose, flamed out, and fell. Now its dream of the future is waiting just over the horizon.

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Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes

By Selena Larson

Filmmakers and healthcare providers are using immersive storytelling to inspire empathy.

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I spent an afternoon inside virtual reality—and I didn’t want to leave

By Taylor Hatmaker

This is what the social platform of the future looks like.

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Welcome to the wonderful, weird world of VR porn

By Mike Wehner

Digital pleasure is complicated.

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This startup is making VR pocket-sized and totally cheap

By Selena Larson

You’re going to want a pair of these goggles.

Opinion

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How Rachel Dolezal helped turn ‘transracial’ into a virtual identity

By Jenny Davis

When pundits imagined (or mocked) the idea of being born into the wrong race/ethnicity, they helped create a new way of being.

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Cardboard is everything Google Glass never was

By Ben Branstetter

If you’ve never heard of Google Cardboard, it’s exactly what it sounds like.